Asphalt Pavement Maintenance for the Summer

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When the snow melts in the spring, you may discover some damage from the harsh freeze-thaw cycles. Thankfully, summer is the perfect time for asphalt patching and repairs or parking lot paving. When you hire an asphalt contractor, they’ll be able to let you know what needs to be repaired so you can keep your parking lot functional and safe for employees and customers.

In this blog post, we will go over our top tips for summer asphalt pavement maintenance. Given proper maintenance, there’s no reason why your new asphalt pavement shouldn’t last you the next 20 years.

Inspect Pavement for Damage

Make sure you check your asphalt parking lot or driveway every so often for damage. Small asphalt cracks and potholescan be easily repaired. However, they can also grow into more expensive asphalt repairs. For example, alligator cracking is a sign that the pavement’s foundation is deteriorating and will need to be replaced.

Like the name suggests, alligator cracking is a pattern of asphalt cracks that resemble the scaly hide of an alligator. Large cracks and potholes can also allow storm water to seep into the foundation to cause permanent structural damage.

Sealcoat Asphalt

Sealcoating is a protective layer applied to the surface of asphalt pavement that shields it from UV rays, precipitation, and automobile fluids. It’s important to understand that sealcoating does not repair asphalt cracks and potholes, rather it is a preventative measure. For this reason, you will need to repair pavement damagebefore sealcoating your asphalt driveway or parking lot. The effects of sealcoating will last for about 2 to 4 years before you’ll need to sealcoat asphalt parking lots or driveways again.

Fix Asphalt Cracks and Potholes

To prolong the life of asphalt pavement, you’ll need to repair potholesand cracks as soon as you notice them. If cracks and potholes become deep enough, they’ll allow water to seep into the pavement’s foundation to cause lasting damage. Once the foundation has been damaged, the only option is complete pavement replacement.

Replace Crumbling Pavement

It may be time to repave your driveway or parking lot if you notice:

  • alligator cracking
  • large potholes and cracks throughout parking lot or driveway
  • sunken pavement
  • standing water

If you are paying for constant repairs to your asphalt pavement, it may be time to consider replacement. Over the long run, it’s more affordable to repave than it is to keep paying for repairs each month. A deteriorating foundation will only get worse over time and create more potholes, cracks, and sunken pavement. If your pavement is approaching 20 years old, you’ll also want to consider replacement. Even with maintenance, your pavement will eventually reach the end of its natural lifespan.

A-1 Asphalt Inc. is a Grand Rapids asphalt paving company dedicated to helping customers maintain the appearance and function of asphalt surfaces. If you are interested in our asphalt crack filling, sealcoating, or other asphalt paving services, give us a call at (800) 871-4401.